BSB: Storm Stacey remains with GR Motorsport for 2021
Storm Stacey has re-signed for the GR Motorsport team ahead of his second Bennetts British Superbike campaign.
The 17-year-old moved into the Superbike class this year, directly from the Superstock 600 Championship. If the season had started as planned, Stacey would have been BSB's youngest-ever entrant.
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Despite the big jump, Stacey had an impressive debut campaign. He finished all but one race, retiring with a mechanical in race three at Oulton Park, and only had one or two crashes all year.
“I feel like this year went really well for me and I scored points on more than one occasion, which was the aim for my first season in BSB," Stacey said. "I think the highlight was at Donington Park where during the race I was running in the top ten, although I did fall back a bit towards the end of the race, I was racing against some big names, and also beat some of them this year so that felt good."
The GR Motorsport rider clinched his first point in BSB at Silverstone, before scoring a best result of 13th around the Donington Park GP layout. All year long, Stacey competed with a mature head and took his time to understand and learn how to ride the Superbike.
“I have learnt a lot this year; especially that one of the things with the Superbike is that the slower you think you go the faster you actually are, it is weird. It’s basically the more you chill out, the faster you go – if you are almost asleep you are fast and do better!
"One thing I have found is that in qualifying, you need a good position; it is so hard to get through the pack in this class, and so that is also something to work on for next season."
The 2021 season is scheduled to get underway at Oulton Park on the first weekend in May after a series of tests on British circuits throughout April. Currently, 11 rounds appear on the 2021 calendar.
“In 2021 I want to learn more and keep finding my feet in this championship, because I only did it in the races last year as we didn’t really do a lot of testing," Stacey added. "Again, next season will be another year of testing, finding out what works for me, how we want the bike setup, and I would like to be pushing for the top ten or even maybe a bit better! But I would be happy with top ten finishes and see what happens.”